Friday, January 23, 2009

February Vegetable Garden

It seems we New Yorkers are now in deepest winter. Once we get past the upcoming short month of February, we can make it until Spring! During February I get everything ready for starting my vegetables indoors. I've had incredible success with tomatoes and the little peppers they sell in the Asian market by starting them indoors. I wait until around Feb. 12 - any old containers will do - yogurt cups work well, as do plastic coffee containers. You can still toss them in the recycling bin after you do your transplants.

By far the easiest, fastest and most disease-resistant tomatoes are those hearty little Cherry Tomatoes. You can pick up a bag at Price Chopper for about $2.99. Snack on 'em or use 'em in a salad, but be sure to save the seeds from the best-tasting ones. I just spread them out over a paper towel and place them in the window sill until ready to plant. If you're eating / planting the same day, that's even better. Toss a bunch in the soil and see what comes up. If too many sprout in one container, you can seperate them after they get a couple of inches tall. It's usually safe to plant them in the garden after Memorial Day, but check the forecasts anyway just to be sure the danger of frost has passed. You'll soon have bazillions of tomatoes! The Cherry model doesn't seem to pick up the diseases or rot that the pre-sprouted varieties you buy at the grocery or hardware store do. And they're so delicious, you'll be tempted eating them right off the vine!

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  1. Yeah very soon you will be having spring. is it still so cold in there?

  2. Oh yes, and getting colder this weekend!

  3. Very interesting!!

    I didn't know you could eat & plant them the very same day!?

    My Mum's always bought seeds, but of course saving seeds from already grown tomatoes would be even better!

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